Ben Franklin prints his "Join, or Die" political cartoon, the FDA approves the first oral contraceptive, impeachment hearings for President Nixon begin, and "Golden Girls" airs its final episode, all on this day.
1800: John Brown, the abolitionist who led a raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1859 in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt by seizing an U.S. arsenal there, is born in Torrington, Connecticut. Brown's raiders were initially successful in capturing the armory but were defeated two days later and Brown was hung for treason on Dec. 2, 1859.
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